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Old 05-27-2010, 11:47 PM   #1
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Jeep as a city vehicle

As a brand new Jeep owner, I have always wanted one for several reasons:

1) The removable top
2) The ability to go anywhere
3) They just look awesome

Last week, my girlfriend and I took the top down and spent the day driving all around our beautiful state. We ended up in Seattle, and I discovered that there is a fourth thing that I LOVE about the Jeep. It is something I had never even considered; the Jeep is a GREAT city rig!

I am amazed at the turning radius... it is every bit as good if not better than a subcompact car! I pulled a U turn in one lane in one move, no backing up and no running over the sidewalk. When it came time to parallel park, I could stuff it seemingly anywhere. And with the 4.0 engine, it is really a zippy little vehicle. It has great visibility all around and sits higher for a better command of the road. Jeeps are known for their rugged off road capabilities, but it seems to me they are overlooked in another area where they really shine as well: city driving! I was very pleasantly surprised!

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Old 05-27-2010, 11:51 PM   #2
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What kind of Jeep do you have?

JK's have 3.8L engines....

But, yes....I drive in NYC almost everyday and it's a great city vehicle!! Especially on those bumpy uneven cobble stone streets!
I like to call driving on that surface, and any paved uneven/bumpy surface in town, ...urban crawling!

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As a brand new Jeep owner, I have always wanted one for several reasons:

1) The removable top
2) The ability to go anywhere
3) They just look awesome

Last week, my girlfriend and I took the top down and spent the day driving all around our beautiful state. We ended up in Seattle, and I discovered that there is a fourth thing that I LOVE about the Jeep. It is something I had never even considered; the Jeep is a GREAT city rig!

I am amazed at the turning radius... it is every bit as good if not better than a subcompact car! I pulled a U turn in one lane in one move, no backing up and no running over the sidewalk. When it came time to parallel park, I could stuff it seemingly anywhere. And with the 4.0 engine, it is really a zippy little vehicle. It has great visibility all around and sits higher for a better command of the road. Jeeps are known for their rugged off road capabilities, but it seems to me they are overlooked in another area where they really shine as well: city driving! I was very pleasantly surprised!
The only thing I don't like is the gas milage, but whutcha gonna do?
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Old 05-28-2010, 12:02 AM   #4
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I have a 2006 TJ. I now see I posted in the JK forum... Oops! Maybe a moderator can move the thread to the correct forum. CJ, YJ, TJ, or JK, they all are nice city rigs as well!
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:53 AM   #5
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Urban crawling??? Thats a good one. I was doing some urban crawling on a street in houston last week that more closely resembles the Baja 1000. It was sooooo damn rough that I broke a rear shock mount. I don't want to even get started on how flimsy and cheap the mount was....but we machined another one out of 4140 round bar. I don't see that one breaking.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:58 AM   #6
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Yeah, you can park a Jeep in places you couldn't park even a small car (at least a 2 door Jeep). And.. if you get into a traffic jam, you can crawl over things to turn around or take a side street.

One night we had 5 tornadoes in my hometown here in Georgia. Tens of millions in damage. Houses down, buildings exploded, trees everywhere.. (My old CJ-5 survived even with the top down). I took the drain plugs out to let the 4 inches of water out, borrowed lawn mower gas (no power at the stations), and drove all over the city checking on people I knew. I crawled over trees, maneuvered around downed power lines, and jumped over curbs and cut through neighborhoods off the road. It was the day I fell absolutely in love with Jeep.
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:10 AM   #8
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The turning radius was the first thing I noticed when I drove my first Wrangler. I come from a Saturn SC2 (very small 2 door subcompact) and my jeep can turn WAY tighter than that thing ever could. I love it!
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I've experienced this as well, when everyone drops their kids off at school in the morning they all circle around, way out of the way. I on the other hand, can pull a u-turn and get right back on my route without circling around the block like everyone else in their SUVs and vans.

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Old 05-28-2010, 10:22 AM   #10
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You can also park in tight spaces.

The parking decks at school are horrendous.. (22,000 students/8,000 spaces) A few semesters ago there was a guy double parked in a Ford Ranger and nobody could fit. I pulled right in, and since the TJ was so short, I just pulled up close to the wall so he could still pull out when he left. Like this--> I'm the "i i" \\i i

The entire 3 story deck was full except this one spot. When I left he had a ticket on the window and I pulled right out and went home.
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If I hadn't bought my TJ specifically to get around New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, I would think this is all blasphemous! Jeeps want to get dirty, just ask them. BUT...the roads in New Orleans have always been terrible...they are narrow, pocked, sunken, broken, manholes rise sometimes a foot higher than the road they are on or sink a foot below the surface...some of the craters are actually off-road material...gravel, sand, broken up asphalt boulders...not to mention the street flooding every month, narrow streets and dumbass drivers...the Turd is a perfect vehicle for NOLA.
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I love how they whip around like a little compact car. I have to be honest, I had no idea what the wrangler was or what it can do when I climbed in it for a test drive. The only thing I did know was that Jeeps are amazing in the city. Now that I know what they are really for, I cannot wait to find a place to get it dirty.
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:36 AM   #13
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I like the tight little package!
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:44 PM   #14
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and no running over the sidewalk.
But it is nice to know you can anytime you want without any damage!!!!

When we go to Olive Garden by our house, their parking lot is often full, but they have a big tree at the end with a fairly high curb and all mulched around it that actually has room they could have put two more parking places there. Whether we are in my Wrangler or my wife's 4x4 Element we just drive up over the curb and park under the tree.

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